DALLAS (AP) - The American Heart Association has issued new
guidelines when it comes to administering CPR.
Rescuers are now being urged to start with hard, fast chest
compressions before giving mouth-to-mouth.
The change ditches the old "ABC" approach - "A" for airway,
"B" for breathing, "C" for compressions. That called for
rescuers to give two breaths first, then alternate with 30 presses.
Under the revised guidelines, rescuers using traditional
cardiopulmonary resuscitation should start chest compressions
immediately -- 30 chest presses, then two breaths. The change
applies to adults and children, but not newborns.
The revamped guidelines also say rescuers should be pushing
deeper, at least 2 inches in adults. Rescuers should pump the chest
of the victim at a rate of at least 100 compressions a minute. Some
say a good guide is the beat of the Bee Gees song "Stayin'
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